7 Reasons Why St. Pete Beach is #1

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St. Pete Beach is Named Best Beach in the U.S.

Dreaming of your best beach vacation yet? Why not spend it in a place that delivers on the dream - St. Pete Beach, named Tripadvisor's #1 Beach in the U.S. in 2021! Known for its friendly, laid-back vibe, soft white beaches and stellar accommodations, this beautiful beach is no stranger to awards. In fact, it was named Tripadvisor's #2 Beach in the U.S. in 2020, and the #1 Beach in 2012. Find out for yourself why you should make this your next Florida vacation destination.

St. Pete white sand.

#1: Soft, White-Sand Beaches

It's soft. It's white. And it never gets hot. Could any sand be more perfect for a beach-goer's toes? (We think not.) Our beautiful white sand beaches stretch for miles in St. Pete Beach and beyond to neighboring beach towns, making this an amazing spot for your next beachy getaway. 

St. Pete beach emerald green water close-up.

#2: Warm Gulf Waters

The sun shines on our Gulf waters almost every day of the year - warming our gentle waves and emerald-green tidal pools. This means you can swim at St. Pete Beach year 'round, which is simply wonderful. After all, every perfect day at the beach calls for a relaxing dip, whether you're a kid or a kid-at-heart. 

Family walking to St. Pete beach.

#3: A Laid-back, Uncrowded Vibe

Sure, St. Pete Beach has plenty of activity along the beachfront - but, happily, the fun is spread out over a long ribbon of sparkling sand. This means folks tend to disperse - and the result is a beach experience that is laid-back (just like the friendly locals) and uncrowded.

Don Cesar hotel viewed from the water.

#4: Unique, Iconic and (Yes!) Luxurious Accommodations

You can see the famous Pink Palace, officially The Don Cesar, from pretty much any point along St. Pete Beach. Its physical stature is second only to its well-earned reputation as a luxurious retreat for celebrities, famous writers, star athletes and... well, you! You don't even have to stay here to enjoy and admire the place - stop in for dinner at Maritana or a drink with a view at the Rowe Bar.  Looking for an amazing family getaway? The TradeWinds offers beautiful beachfront accommodations along with some very kid-friendly amenities (giant beach slide, anyone?). Pet-friendly Sirata Beach Resort boasts new pools and lounge areas, private cabanas and a splash zone for kids. The Bellwether Beach Resort will feature newly redesigned guestrooms and beachfront suites this spring. 

Group of friends at Postcard Inn beach bar.

#5: The Best Beach Bars Anywhere

Toes in the sand takes on new meaning when you're talking about St. Pete's beach bars, where delicious drinks are served and new friends are made. Check out The Undertow for open-air fun right on the sand or hang out at Harry's Beach Bar, Jimmy B's or Postcard Inn - all offering live music most days of the week. For a local dive bar experience, stroll just off-beach to Swigwam on Corey Avenue.

Young lady in a paddleboard in St. Pete beach.

#6: A Watersports Playground

With the emerald-green Gulf of Mexico, the sparkling deep-blue waters of Tampa Bay and many small bays and inlets, St. Pete/Clearwater is a water playground. Feeling adventurous? Rent a jet ski, jet boat or powerboat to explore local waters on your own - or even take a kite surfing lesson to learn about this exciting sport. Yearning for some quiet time in nature? Go kayaking through back bays and mangrove tunnels for a chance to spot dolphins, manatees and colorful water birds. Or leave the planning (and driving) to someone else and join a guided sightseeing or sunset cruise to have a truly relaxing experience.

Beautiful sunset in St. Pete beach.

#7 Awe-Inspiring Sunsets

Our sunsets are the prettiest you'll find anywhere! No two the same - and each one is an ever-changing palette of orange, pink and purple hues. Sometimes soft, sometimes fiery and dramatic, sunset is the perfect way to end a day on America's Best Beaches.



St. Pete Beach is America's #1 Beach! But we have even more to explore - in fact, 35 miles of gorgeous sugar-sand beaches await you in St. Pete/Clearwater. Choose an island experience at Caladesi Island State Park or remote Egmont Key, explore the amazing sand bars at Fort De Soto Park, or search for sea shells and other treasures on aptly-named Treasure Island.  Dive into our stories, below, to find your perfect beach.

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